Performance anxiety & the “Big Choke.” You don’t say…

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Because high anxiety disrupts motor performance and interferes with thinking, the high fear of failure athlete is prone to “choke” under pressure because he or she concentrates more on the feared consequences of mistakes than on what needs to be done in a positive sense. Research has shown that athletes having high fear of failure not only perform more poorly in competition but also are at greater risk for injury, enjoy the sport experience less, and are more likely to drop out (Smith, Smoll, & Passer, 2002).

Williams. Applied Sport Psychology: Personal Growth to Peak Performance (Page 43). McGraw-Hill Education. Kindle Edition.

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